Cloud Complexity Solution Pioneer, David Linthicum, Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting

My guest today is David Linthicum. David Linthicum is the Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting and has been named the #1 Cloud Influencer via a major report by Apollo Research. David is a Cloud Computing Thought Leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker, who has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO twice in the last 25 years.

Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David’s achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership have earned him a lofty position within the industry. It’s not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners, and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day.

More specifically, David is a Gigaom research analyst on cloud computing and enterprise applications and writes prolifically for InfoWorld as a cloud computing blogger. He is also a contributor to, IEEE Cloud Computing, Tech Target’s SearchCloud, and SearchAWS, and is quoted in major business publications including Forbes, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times. David has appeared on NPR several times as a computing industry commentator, and he also does a weekly podcast on cloud computing.

With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, greater than 500 conference presentations, and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, demonstrating, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively while continuously innovating.

When I talked with David, he had recently written a great article that I loved, Cloud security secrets your cloud provider doesn’t want you to know. Asking the obvious question was a perfect starting point for our conversation because I really wanted to know – What are the secrets some of the providers don’t want you to know?

I’m excited for you to tune in to this compelling interview.

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Here are some questions answered in this podcast.

  • Businesses have a tendency to learn from pain. Now is the time to think independently and question why things are currently done this way.
  • Cloud security will only improve in a culture that challenges the status quo.
  • We need to make architectural trade-offs as to what we can do pragmatically with the technology that’s out there.
  • Security can hinder performance and cost way more money each month if not engineered into the applications and data stores correctly.
  • Why you should have a Cloud Complexity Management Methodology?
    Cloud-native security solutions offered by the big providers are not helpful if you have a heterogeneous multi-cloud solution.
  • Training counts more than technology – every dollar you spend on cloud training, you remove a thousand dollars as the cost of risk from your system.
  • When you hire people, you need to hire people who are typically going to be continuous learners, autodidacts which is more than specific skill sets.
  • How can you have one security system that’s much better than three security systems even though that one security system doesn’t cover every feature and function that you need?
  • Why create a security domain that deals with complexity and volatility that you can configure and change quickly.

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Articles Written by David Linthicum referenced in Podcast:

Cloud security secrets your cloud provider doesn’t want you to know. Cloud security seems like something specific to a cloud provider, but emerging approaches and technologies are changing the game. 4/17/20
Are you Ready for the Brandpocalypse? by David Linthicum. Published on LinkedIn, 8/17/19

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